Just Jude & Friends: Travel Toiletry Bag

By Judith on March 21, 2021
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This week in our Instagram Pattern Designer’s collaboration for March we have been making one of my patterns.

I first designed this bag several years ago for a summer issue of Quilt Now magazine. It is a carry-all type bag for the many toiletries and sun creams you take away on holiday (Holiday? What’s that?!)

I just love the unique creativity and interpretations the other designers brought to this project.




And Sonia had the genius idea of incorporating a handle into the zipper tabs, which she has kindly given me permission to include in the pattern.

I’ve now updated the pattern with new ‘Carry Tabs’ and included lots more photos (you can never have too many photos right?!)

As you can see, there is lots of room for your essential toiletries (or in Jo’s case, sewing project supplies!). And the detachable ‘Wet Bag’ is lined with water resistant ‘Rip-Stop’ nylon to keep your toothbrush and flannel contained.

You can find the pattern here.

We’ve one more week to go in our IG Designer’s Collaboration! Come back soon to see what we’ll be making, or follow us on Instagram by searching #justjudecollaborates

Happy sewing!


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Just Jude & Friends: Retreat Pattern Pack

By Judith on March 13, 2021
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The end of the 2nd week of our Instagram Designer’s Collaboration has produced some inspiring ‘retreat ready’ projects!

Katy had very kindly made available to us her bumper Retreat Pattern Pack, a collection of 6 patterns for items to get you organised and equipped for going on a sewing retreat!!

And what do you know, we all chose something different to make!


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I went for the Project Book, a 14″ square book with lots of pockets and see-through sections, including batting pages which serves as a mini design board to keep your cut out block pieces in order!

I chose to quilt my book exterior and my only other deviations from the pattern where using straight grain cut strips for single fold binding (instead of bias binding – I didn’t have enough co-ordinating colours) and using ribbon closure ties instead of wrap around elastic (I don’t have any pretty elastic!).

The clear vinyl sections make it super easy to locate items!!

This project book can certainly accommodate ALOT of stuff you would need to take away with you to sewing retreat, or even to a regular sewing class or Guild gathering (ah, if only we were allowed to do any of those at the moment!).

Katy has been offering her great value Retreat Pattern Pack at 15% off (until tomorrow) using code PATTERNPACK15 at checkout.

What a fun week it has been!

Tune in next week, or follow the hashtag #justjudecollaborates on Instagram, to see what we will be making next!

Happy sewing!


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Just Jude & Friends: Automatica Projects

By Judith on March 7, 2021
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We’ve just finished the first week of our Instagram Designers Collaboration for March.

This week we were making our own interpretations of Sonia’s (@fabricandflowers) fabulous Automatica Quilt Pattern (currently available with 15% discount).

Here’s what each of us made:





I decided to go with bright Amy Butler fabrics teamed with Essex Yarn Dyed Linen (Denim) and turned my block into a fun table mat!

This is a really striking pattern by Sonia and makes for a dramatic quilt (check out the original quilt pattern here).

The quilt pattern includes 2 sizes of block. I made the smaller 12.5″ one, which is charm square friendly!

There are so many fun ways you can use Sonia’s creative pattern. I hope we’ve given you a wee flavour!

Come back soon to see how we showcase Katy’s pattern this week!


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IG Designer Collaboration 2

By Judith on February 28, 2021
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I’m excited to reveal my 2nd Instagram Collaboration, starting tomorrow!

You may remember last July I teamed up with 4 other pattern designers to spend a month making and showcasing a pattern from each designer!

It was a lot of fun and we had lots of engagement over on Instagram, so I definitely wanted to do it again!

Let me introduce you to our new designers:

Week 1: Sonia Spence @fabricandflowers


Sonia lives in England and has enjoyed crafting from a young age, often playing on her mum’s old Pfaff sewing machine. As an adult she learned to crochet and then quilting in 2012. She has made many patchwork projects and her patterns have been published in several quilting and crafting publications.

Sonia is passionate about quilting and inspired by colours and shapes. You find lots of helpful tips and tutorials, as well as her pattern shop here.

For our pattern collaboration Sonia has chosen her Automatica Quilt pattern (currently discounted for our collaboration during March). I’m so looking forward to making the striking Automatica block and seeing the other designers’ interpretations!

Week 2: Katy Cameron @the_littlest_thistle


Katy lives in Scotland and is a fellow Brit Bee member. She describes herself as a computer geek by day, and sewing ninja by night!! Katy has crafted most of her life.  The Littlest Thistle originally started out selling one of a kind, collectible mohair teddy bears but one day, after searching online for a way to dress the bears, she stumbled across Sew Mama Sew website during giveaway day and was hooked on all things sewing again!

Currently Katy quilts, make bags, clothes and the occasional bear.  She is a regular contributor to several quilting publications and has taught both evening and weekend classes within the UK and Europe in both bag and quilt making. In addition to selling her patterns Katy also sells parts for vintage sewing machines, specialising in Singer Featherweights. You can find her website and pattern shop here.

Katy has chosen her Retreat Pattern Pack for our collaboration. This is a pattern pack of 6 projects that will get you sewing retreat ready! Katy has spoilt us for choice, it’s going to be fun seeing what we all choose to make!

Week 3: Me!! @justjudebelfast

Well I don’t need any introduction!

So which pattern of mine will the other designers be making??

This is my Toiletry Travel Bag, originally designed for Quilt Now Magazine a few years back!

I’m looking forward to seeing any variations the others add to the bag, a handle maybe??

Week 4: Jo Avery @joaverystitch


Jo also lives in Scotland. Her lifetime of playing with fabric and yarn has culminated in a career as a teacher, entrepreneur and designer. Jo’s natural affinity with colour and detail informs all her quilts as well as a love of intricate techniques such as needle-turn applique and embroidery. Straddling both modern and traditional quilting, she enjoys inspiring others through her workshops and retreats.

Jo organises the annual Stitch Gathering retreat and designs quilts and embroideries for a wide range of quilting publications and books. Her first solo book ‘New Patchwork and Quilting Basics’ was recently published by Stash Books. Jo is also 1/3rd of  The Thread House,  a UK based quilting retreat and pattern venture.

For our collaboration Jo has chosen her recently released Bird Bundle 2, a pack of 4 applique garden birds. There are many applications for these cute birds and my mind is already whirring on the variety of projects I could apply these cute motifs to!

And that’s our collaboration team for March ’21!

I hope you will be able to follow us on Instagram and Facebook to see our progress (I will also be posting here at the end of each week).

Happy sewing!


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